Consistently for the past several years, our partners have obtained multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients. Just as we strategically use every weapon available in litigation, we also use our expertise in alternative dispute resolution, including Jeffrey Abrams’ background and experience as a mediator in over 500 litigated disputes.
We also have obtained major victories for our clients in trials and arbitrations over the past two decades. As one of many examples, in 2011, our partner, Charles Harder, obtained a whopping judgment for his client following a 19-day trial in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. His client, an independent motion picture company, was sued for $3.5 million by a prominent film producer who had served as President of a division of the company. Mr. Harder, on behalf of the company, countersued for $13 million. The result was entirely one-sided. Mr. Harder won a complete defense verdict on all of the original claims, and also won an $18 million judgment for his client on its counterclaims, including interest and reimbursement of nearly all of the company’s attorneys’ fees and costs. The company also won valuable film rights to several motion pictures, including rights associated with The Departed and Shutter Island.
As another example, our partner Douglas Mirell, represented famed writer/director/actor Woody Allen in a right of publicity dispute with American Apparel. Mr. Mirell succeeded in having unauthorized images of Mr. Allen removed from two store-site billboards in Los Angeles and New York City, and from American Apparel’s website, within less than 24 hours. On the morning of the first day of a subsequent damages trial, the parties announced a settlement in which the company agreed to pay Mr. Allen $5 million for these unauthorized uses.
These are two of hundreds of examples of how our attorneys strive every day to achieve the best possible result for our clients. And we do so in a cost-effective basis, so that the ultimate result for the client is as favorable as possible. Obviously each case is different and there are never any guarantees of future success, but we endeavor in every case to be strategically aggressive, to slay dragons for our clients, and to champion their goals and interests.